More details continue to leak out of Microsoft on the Windows 10 Creators Update. Reviewing build 14997, we have several exciting updates on what we can expect from the huge update next year.
More signs of significant improvements in Windows 10 Creators Update are starting to show up in leaked builds. Build 14997 recently leaked, and enthusiasts are discovering new functionality such as blue light, better tab management in Microsoft Edge, and a new themes interface in the universal settings app. The addition of blue light is significant; we previously looked at a third-party solution called f.lux, which provides similar functionality. Apple included the feature in iOS 9.3 earlier this year called Night Mode.
Windows 10 Creator Update – Blue Light
Blue light is a health-focused feature that manages how the light reflected from your computer at night affects your eyes. Its primary goal is to reduce eye strain and promote better sleeping habits. Blue light initially appeared in early builds of the Windows 10 Anniversary Update but never made it to the final release. Screenshots show work Microsoft is working to make it easily accessible from the Display system settings. Users can toggle on Blue light to have Windows 10 manage it automatically.
Windows 10 Creator Update – Other Features
Microsoft is also making the Windows 10 Creators Update easier to set up, with a new Out of the Box Experience for setting up a New User account and password and privacy settings. Accessibility improvements seem to have been added, too, making it easier for users with a disability to set up their computers.
Accessibility improvements seem to have been added, too, making it easier for users with a disability to set up their computers.
The Windows 10 Creators Update further deprecates parts of the legacy Windows desktop, the latest being the Themes Control Panel. Users can expect to see a modern themes interface that aligns with the rest of Settings.
Microsoft continues to invest in refining its modern web browser called Edge. Build 14997 shows some new tab management features, such as easily preview and hide thumbnails of web pages. It remains to be seen if the improvements will lure users away from Firefox, Chrome, or even IE. Personally, I’ve slowly been moving my Internet Explorer workflow to Firefox. Edge still disappoints me with its performance issues, high CPU usage, and awkward behavior at times. I do like some of the additions since its release. Such as Extensions, Inking, and Cortana support, but I must admit, these are not sticky enough to keep me using them.
Overall, the Windows 10 Creators Update is looking to be a major revision since Microsoft launched Windows 10 in 2015. Revealed in late October, the new version includes a brand-new Paint app called Paint 3D, replacing the old win32 Paint app. The app lets users create 3D objects, which they can later upload to Remix.com and share with a community of users.
The Creators Update will also make it easy to communicate with family and friends, with quicker access to family and friends using a new contact picker tool called Windows MyPeople. Virtual Reality is also a major part of the Creators Update story; Microsoft is working with industry partners to access 3D content easier through affordable hardware. Microsoft is working to have the new version ready by spring 2017. Early builds revealed the new version would be labeled 1703, which suggests Microsoft is targeting a March release.